Luna on the mend, celebrates second birthday

Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 10, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-05 16:01:25-05

More than three months after fracturing bones above her left rear ankle, Luna the polar bear and her playmate, Kali, have been reunited at the Buffalo Zoo.

Luna fell 14 feet into a moat on August 30 while being housed in a temporary exhibit as the zoo builds the new Arctic Edge enclosure. Since then, Luna has been off-exhibit and away from Kali as she recovered at the zoo’s veterinary hospital following surgeries to repair the fracture.

But last week, Luna got to come back to the holding area next to the temporary exhibit, where she was reunited with Kali. They got to celebrate their second birthdays together with special cakes from their keepers.

Though she’s back with Kali, Luna will remain off exhibit until the full use of her hind leg is restored to prevent the risk of another injury.

Luna and Kali are no longer the cute little polar bear cubs you remember. Luna weighs around 440 pounds while Kali is around 770 pounds.

Kali is almost the weight of an adult male polar bear, which weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds, while Luna is already in the range of an adult female polar bear, which weighs between 400 and 800 pounds.